MentorPrize aims to mitigate the chronic shortage of mentors in the D.C. area so that children and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds get the emotional, academic and/or professional support everyone deserves.
Grant Writing Volunteer Opportunity
MentorPrize, a non-profit that recruits mentors for more than 20 mentoring programs in the DC area serving disadvantaged youth, is seeking a volunteer to help research, prepare and/or write grant proposals. The volunteer must have experience in the nonprofit grant writing arena. S/he may work remotely but should live in the metropolitan DC area.
MentorPrize is a small organization that is growing quickly. The staff, board and volunteers are all dedicated to our mission and wonderful people.
MentorPrize was established to address the needs of vulnerable children in the Greater Washington DC area by matching them with caring, adult mentors. We recognize that many worthwhile mentoring programs exist in the Washington D.C. area, but nearly all of them struggle to find quality mentors. They often lack the resources and time needed to reach volunteers. About 65% of local mentoring programs report that recruiting mentors is a top challenge for them, according to a recent survey by Deloitte and United Way of the National Capital Area. The survey also found that nearly 60% of the organizations have waiting lists of young people who need mentors but can’t find them. MentorPrize helps its partners sustain their mentoring programs and better serve disadvantaged children in our community by alleviating some of their recruitment burden. In just over one year, we’ve conducted over 25 formal recruitment events at corporations, farmers markets, religious institutions, etc. and received nearly 250 mentor applications.